Simple Meal Plans & Real Life – March 31

The new Whole Foods Meal Plan will be posted for members on April 1, along with the Traditional and Slow Cooker meal plans. You can find out more about the Whole Foods Plan here and more about Weekly Meal Plan membership here.

Have I mentioned lately that we’re planning a wedding?  Our oldest daughter, Meredith is getting married May 31.  We’re keeping things simple, but even so, a wedding is a big event!  If you’ve been through marrying off a daughter, I’d love your wedding planning advice 🙂

We’ve been joking that Meredith thinks we’ve gotten a lot done and I say we’ve gotten nothing done.  I think the reality is somewhere in the middle.  

Simple Weekly Meal Plans

Here’s a sneak peek at this week’s meal plans.  When you join the Weekly Meal Plan list, you get the grocery list and printable recipes with side dishes included.  You can find out more about how to get the meal plans for yourself by clicking here.

Traditional Plan

Slow Cooker Plan

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Simple Weekly Meal Plans (Slow Cooker Freezer Meals Plan) – March 24

I’m really excited to announce that this is coming to the Weekly Meal Plans starting in April!

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Lots more info will be coming later this week with all the specifics on the new Whole Foods Plan.

I shopped on Saturday with the grocery list for the Slow Cooker Freezer Meals plan for April.  I love shopping with these lists. It’s so easy  to be ready to walk out the door, since I just have to print the list.  No thinking.  No decisions.  (Am I the only one who feels like I’m on decision overload sometimes?)

I made all 6 meals in about an hour of time.  I even shot another video, which will be uploaded soon, to show how to pack up the meals for a smaller family.  Doing that yielded 12 meals!  Not bad for just an hour of time.

And this is the week for the Slow Cooker Freezer Meals for March!  If you’d like the grocery list and instructions to go with this, check out the Weekly Meal Plans.

Here’s a sneak peek at this week’s meal plans.  When you join the Weekly Meal Plan list, you get the grocery list and printable recipes with side dishes included.  You can find out more about how to get the meal plans for yourself by clicking here.

Traditional Plan

5. Tuna Patties and Oven Fried Potatoes

Slow Cooker Plan

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Simple Meal Plans and Real Life – January 20

It’s a little early in the year for this (aren’t we all supposed to be super-charged, high energy, and goal oriented in January?), but I’m already in a recipe slump.  That’s probably not a great thing to admit since I’m a food blogger.  But I’ve had some trouble coming up with ideas for new recipes to share here.  It’s a phase, and one I’m sure will pass.  I’ve been through this before, so I know it’s temporary.

I’m sure it has a lot to do with the fact that I started the Whole 30, quite the Whole 30 and at least for this week I need to watch my intake of high potassium foods.  Frankly, it all leaves me a little tired of food in general.

That said, I’m so glad I have a freezer stocked with the January Slow Cooker Freezer meals.  That’s the menu that you see posted below in the Slow Cooker Plan section.  We’ve already had the Beef Stew and let me tell you, that was phenomenal!

And I do have one idea for an easy slow cooker soup recipe that I’m going to be testing this week.  Fingers crossed that it turns out well!

Simple Weekly Meal Plans

If you find yourself in your own version of a cooking slump, you’ll want to look into getting our Weekly Meal Plans.  All the planning and thinking is done for you.  No grocery list making or side dish planning needed.  I love using these and when I don’t have to do any recipe creation, this is my preferred way to shop and cook.

Here’s a sneak peek at this week’s meal plans.  When you join the Weekly Meal Plan list, you get the grocery list and printable recipes with side dishes included.  This week includes the Slow Cooker Freezer Meals Plan!  You can find out more about how to get the meal plans for yourself by clicking here.

Slow Cooker Plan

1. Slow Cooker Potato Soup

2. Easy, Shredded Taco Beef in the Slow Cooker

3. Chicken Broccoli Divan in the Crockpot or Oven

4. Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore (as pork)

5. Crockpot Teriyaki Chicken

6. All day Beef Stew

7. Chocolate Chip Cheeseball

 

Traditional Plan

1. Healthier Sausage McMuffin Casserole

2. Chicken Tortilla Soup

3. Pan Fried Shrimp Sandwiches 

4.Angel Chicken

5. Beef Tacos

6. Pepper Jack Mac and Cheese 

7. Apple Cinnamon Skillet Monkey Bread

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Simple Weekly Meal Plans and Real Life – December 9

This is the week for our Slow Cooker Freezer Meals.  I put all 6 of these dinners together in about 1 hour.  You can see the video here.  Members to the Weekly Meal Plans get the grocery lists, recipes and cooking tips for the slow cooker freezer meals and all the Traditional Plans too.

Can you believe Christmas is just around the corner?  Are you done with your shopping?  I am not!  I have been using an app on my phone to keep my ideas and present purchases organized (and secret!).  I bought it last year for 99 cents. It seemed sort of silly to pay for an app like that, but it’s made keeping track of gift buying so much easier.  I think the one I use is just called Christmas, but I’m sure there are others.  I highly recommend it if you use a smart phone.  The passcode keeps prying eyes out!

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This little Santa is one of my favorite Christmas things.  He’s part of a salt and pepper shaker set (my sister has the other one) that my Grandma had when we were little.  Gina and I rubbed the soft beards on them so much, that they are nearly fuzzless now.

I’ve got several new recipes to share with you this week.  Lots of good stuff coming to the blog! And there’s still time to enter the giveaway for a $500 VISA cash card too!

Simple Weekly Meal Plans

Here’s a sneak peek at this week’s meal plans.  When you join the Weekly Meal Plan list, you get the grocery list and printable recipes with side dishes included.  December includes an awesome gift guide for easy gifts you can whip up in your kitchen that are sure to make everyone happy–even the dog! You can find out more about how to get the meal plans for yourself by clicking here.

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Simpe Weekly Meal Plans and Real Life – December 2

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving with family and friends. We visited my family and Jim’s, eating two turkey dinners in less than 24 hours. Whew! It was fun and filling!

As soon as we got home, I printed the list for the December Slow Cooker Freezer Meals plan and headed to the grocery. I decided not to brave Walmart, where I usually shop, on black friday. We hit Kroger instead.

Shopping in a store that you aren’t as familiar with is always an experience. It takes a bit longer. It’s hard to shop on auto-pilot they way you can if you know all the aisles well. But the store wasn’t crowded. I’m pretty sure Kroger isn’t high on the list for black Friday shoppers.

On Saturday morning, I prepped all the slow cooker freezer meals and shot the video.  The freezer meals week is actually next week, but the plans can be used in any order you like.  Members get access to the whole month at once.

Simple Weekly Meal Plans

Here’s a sneak peek at this week’s meal plans.  When you join the Weekly Meal Plan list, you get the grocery list and printable recipes with side dishes included.  December includes an awesome gift guide for easy gifts you can whip up in your kitchen that are sure to make everyone happy–even the dog! You can find out more about how to get the meal plans for yourself by clicking here.

Traditional

Slow Cooker

4. Roast w/ red wine, onion, garlic & Italian seasoning

 

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Simple Weekly Meal Plans and Real Life – November 25 (Organizing the Pantry and Playing with Pressure Cooking)

We’ve been working on our kitchen for a few weeks, making a few improvements. We had new countertops, sink and faucet installed. Last weekend, we worked on organizing the pantry, adding full extension slides to two drawers and custom dividers.

The pantry had gotten to be a humongous mess. It seems no matter what I do to it, I have a hard time keeping it organized. Part of the problem is there are just 4 shelves. While I was working on getting it back in shape, I called my Dad and asked him if he could design something that would work better.

Dad is a contractor. He’s designed and remodeled a lot of kitchens over the years. As soon as I told him the pantry needed help, he knew exactly what he could do to fix it. I’m not sure when we’ll get started with the project, but I can’t wait! It’s going to be a huge improvement.

For now, here’s the before and after of the pantry. Not a lot of change, but it is better.

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Jim added full extension slides to our utensil drawers last weekend too.  These make it possible to pull the drawers all the way out, so you can see what’s in the back.  He also made custom dividers.  I love getting in the drawers and easily finding what I need.

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I’ve been playing around with my new pressure cooker this week.  I absolutely love it for making rice!  I tried it for potato soup the other day.  It worked great, but I think it would have been just as fast on the stove top.  One of these days, I’ll do a post about pressure cooking.

I tried to get a picture of the steam release.  Steam is hard to capture.  Using the cooker has been fun and easy.  It’s very easy to clean and I’m not even afraid of blowing up the kitchen!

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Simple Weekly Meal Plans

Here’s a sneak peek at this week’s meal plans.  When you join the Weekly Meal Plan list, you get the grocery list and printable recipes with side dishes included.  November features your easiest Thanksgiving ever, with easy recipes to keep you spending more quality time with your family instead of the kitchen stove.  You can find out more about how to get the meal plans for yourself by clicking here.

Slow Cooker

1. All Day Beef Stew – Oven or Crockpot
2. Your Easiest Thanksgiving Ever: Turkey Breast in the Slow Cooker, plus all the sides
Traditional
  1. Your Easiest Thanksgiving EverTurkey Breast in the Slow Cooker, plus all the sides
  2. Italian Beef Sandwiches in the Crockpot
  3. Shrimp Scampi 
  4. Turkey and Dumplings (Use up leftover Turkey!)
  5. Lentil Tacos 
  6. Loaded Baked Potatoes
  7. Easy Apple Crumb Cake

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Simple Weekly Meal Plans and Real Life – November 18

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This is the week with the Slow Cooker Freezer Meals!  Wahoo!  I’ve got one of them cooking away in my crockpot right now.  Calico Bean Soup for dinner!  I love that I can have 6 or 7 meals stashed away in the freezer with just about an hour of prep time.  So handy!  To find out more about the Weekly Meal Plans and get the grocery list and cooking tips for the freezer meals, click here.  You can also watch a video of me prepping the meals on my YouTube channel.  (The video thing still feels WAY out of my comfort zone!  I’m not sure if I’ll ever get over being embarrassed by them, but I’m forging ahead anyway and sharing it with you.)

This was to be a big week of recipe testing for me.  And I have created/tested several.  Some have been a success.  And some, not so much.  Ah, well.  It’s all part of the process.

I’ll be doing more recipe creation over the weekend.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll have more success than failures.  I do have a fantastic soup recipe I’ll be sharing with you on Tuesday.

Simple Weekly Meal Plans

Here’s a sneak peek at this week’s meal plans.  When you join the Weekly Meal Plan list, you get the grocery list and printable recipes with side dishes included.  November features your easiest Thanksgiving ever, with easy recipes to keep you spending more quality time with your family instead of the kitchen stove.  You can find out more about how to get the meal plans for yourself by clicking here.

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Slow Cooker and Traditional Weekly Meal Plans for the week of Feb. 24

This post has the sneak peek at this week’s menu.  I’ve listed the main dishes below for the All Slow Cooker and Traditional versions of the Weekly Plans.  If you subscribe to the service, you’ll get side dish suggestions and the complete grocery list ready to print.

I’m super excited about an addition to the plans that’s coming next week.  You’re going to love it, especially if you’re cooking for just 2-4 people.  I tell you all about it next week.

Want to get the Weekly Meal Plans and Grocery List sent to your inbox?  Get all the info by clicking here.

By subscribing to the Weekly Meal Plans you’ll get:

  • 2 Meal Plans each week – All Slow Cooker and Traditional
  • 6 dinners and 1 dessert for each
  • Side dish suggestions
  • Complete grocery list for each plan
  • Printable recipes
  • Cooking tips and timing tricks
  • Delivered to your inbox each week for just $4 per month
Receive your first set of Weekly Meal Plans the same day you sign up!

All Slow Cooker Plan

Salsa Verde Steak

Traditional Plan

Zesty Chicken with Couscous in the Slow Cooker

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Weekly Meal Plans – All Slow Cooker and Traditional – Feb. 10 (and a shopping story)

That photo shows what last Saturday morning looked like here.  I know it’s nothing compared to what New England got hit with this weekend, but this is Kentucky.  For us, that’s plenty enough snow.

You’ll notice that this photo was taken from the passenger side of the car.  I had Jim drive me to the store, because I hate driving on snow.

Jim doesn’t go grocery shopping very often and it’s usually interesting when he does.  This time, he took some lady’s cart while we were in the freezer section.  He wheeled it part way down the aisle before she tracked him down.  He said every time we passed her in the aisles after that, she would hold tight to the handle of her cart and look straight ahead.  I guess she thought he was a real cart thief!

The few times Jim has done the grocery shopping by himself was when I was sick or out of town.  He prints off one of the Weekly Meal Plan grocery lists and hits the store.  I’ve even sent our oldest son grocery shopping with a Weekly Meal Plan list.  The shopping list makes it easy for them to get everything we need.

If you’re looking for a way to make meal planning and grocery shopping easier, subscribe to the Weekly Meal Plans.  It really does simplify the planning and grocery shopping process.  And the meals are easy to make too.

Scroll down to see the main dishes for each menu below.  If you sign up to get the Meal Plans delivered to you, you’ll also receive side dish suggestions and recipes.  And, of course, the complete grocery list for each plan and printable recipes.

Want to get the Weekly Meal Plans and Grocery List sent to your inbox?  Get all the info by clicking here.

By subscribing to the Weekly Meal Plans you’ll get:

  • 2 Meal Plans each week – All Slow Cooker and Traditional
  • 6 dinners and 1 dessert for each
  • Side dish suggestions
  • Complete grocery list for each plan
  • Printable recipes
  • Cooking tips and timing tricks
  • Delivered to your inbox each week for just $4 per month
Receive your first set of Weekly Meal Plans the same day you sign up!

Slow Cooker

Meatballs and Spaghetti Sauce

Southwestern Steak and Cornbread Dressing

Traditional

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Weekly Meal Plans – All Slow Cooker and Traditional – January 13

I love both of the menus this week.  There are some really fast dinners on the Traditional Meal Plan (like 15-20 minutes and it’s on the table).

And on the All Slow Cooker Meal Plan you’ll have a chance to stock your freezer with an extra meal or two.  I love cook-once-eat-twice!

You can see the main dishes for each menu below.  If you sign up to get the Meal Plans delivered to you, you’ll also receive side dish suggestions and recipes.  And, of course, the complete grocery list for each plan and printable recipes.

Want to get the Weekly Meal Plans sent to your inbox?  Get all the info by clicking here.

By subscribing to the Weekly Meal Plans you’ll get:

  • 2 Meal Plans each week – All Slow Cooker and Traditional
  • 6 dinners and 1 dessert for each
  • Side dish suggestions
  • Complete grocery list for each plan
  • Printable recipes
  • Cooking tips and timing tricks
  • Delivered to your inbox each week for just $4 per month
Receive your first set of Weekly Meal Plans the same day you sign up!

All Slow Cooker Meal Plan for Week of January 13

 

Traditional Meal Plan for Week of January 13

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